Beer article alarming

I read the lead story in your Saturday edition ("Beer becomes topic of college study") with interest and alarm. What the article didn't mention is that many students who dropped out of UVM have now applied to have life experience recognized for academic credit under the new program. Others have petitioned to have a failing grade in chemistry, for example, converted into a passing grade in beer studies, which many have previously been forced to pursue on their own, often late into the night. Expect your layabout unmarried male friends, now socially marginalized, to become bachelors of Brewery Science after twelve on-line lessons and a continuous three-day residency at participating brew-pubs in Burlington. An extension component is in the works, so it seems that it will soon be possible to carry out one's studies in local bars. I understand the appeal of majoring in ales and lagers, and courses in sustainable drinking, but is this really what we want for Vermont?

— Phil Holland Shaftsbury